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Give An Experience, Not A Report!

Give An Experience, Not A Report! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Have you come across aspects of work which seem ridiculous to you? I guess a common example could be procedures that are followed seemingly blindly, often because it's the way it's always been done. If you have, you've almost certainly had some great ideas about how to improve things…yet may have been left with the thought: “but I just don't have the power to change it"


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(Article): Create a way to change it from a report into an experience, something people can see, hear, touch, smell and feel.

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" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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Serving and Leadership on Facebook!

Serving and Leadership on Facebook! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Articles and Ideas relating to leadership, serving, and culture.
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2016.

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Cruise Line Class's comment, August 15, 2013 7:49 AM
Thank you ....just liked the page Don. Love the elephants :)
Joe Boutte's comment, April 5, 2014 7:40 AM
Great page and thank you for creating it!
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I have established a companion page to this curation effort on Facebook.  Could you drop by today and 'like' the page?  

The plans include a new blog debuting in 2015.

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ACTIONS Speak Louder Than Words

ACTIONS Speak Louder Than Words | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Actions speak louder than words. You send a message with what you say AND what you do. If words aren’t supported with actions, they will ring hollow.
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(From the article): So, any time you make a claim, no matter how small, and display inconsistent behavior, you shatter the comfort zone –– and weaken your bond of trust with others. As a result, anything thought to be predictable in the future may be treated as suspect. The fact is, everything you do in life sends a message. So, make sure to practice what you preach. As Ben Franklin said, “Well done is better than well said.”
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Sometimes You Miss The Mark 

Sometimes You Miss The Mark  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

After all, we’re all human. We all make mistakes. That’s why you’re going to miss the mark. You’re going to make poor leadership decisions. You’re doing to disappoint your spouse. 


You’re going to break your exercise routine. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to feel guilty about it. Maybe even beat yourself up over these failures. I want to encourage you not to do this.

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It's important to understand that we will all miss the mark - and fail. Here is a great quick read to get back on track.

(From the article): You don’t have to rip yourself apart because you messed up. You do have to do something. This means you can begin to adjust your aim so you’re more likely to hit the mark in the future.
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How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions

How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
And how mindfulness training can help

Via Roger Francis
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The problem isn’t that we don’t know what to do. The problem is that we are subject to cognitive biases—ways of deciding and acting that result from a lifetime of conditioning—which cause us to unconsciously make decisions that are less than optimal.
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When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today?

When will we engage the life around us, and within us, today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 How do we see the ways we contribute to the problems we can also help solve?

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Reflection, contemplation, and monastic life do not excuse us to do nothing. They allow us to pay the attention our questions deserve. They show us that the issues we find in the world around us reflect the issues within us. They give us opportunities to see we are the causes as well as the ways to respond.
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30 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer

30 Questions Every Business Owner Should Answer | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a business owner, take a moment to review the following questions. They’re designed to challenge the way you view your organization.
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(From the article): What’s really holding you back? Margaret Thatcher said it so well, “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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Understanding What Drives Us To Push Ahead

Understanding What Drives Us To Push Ahead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
How do we motivate our employees – and ourselves – when the focus is simply on getting today's work done?
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When we talk about how leaders set the example for those under their care, it’s not just about exemplifying organizational values. It’s also about honouring your promise to show up – that they know that you will be there to support them, to cheer them on, and to help them pick themselves up when things go wrong.
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Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others

Six Habits Of People Who Know How To Bring Out The Best In Others | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
As a leader, the most important part of your job isn't your results. Your job is to inspire your employees' results. Here's how.
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(From the article) Being able to bring out the best in others is a skill that involves just 10% natural inclination; the other 90% has to be deliberate, says Wellins: "It can’t be learned by listening to a lecture or reading examples," he says. "It needs to be practiced, reinforced, and used day to day." Here are six of their daily habits:
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9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger

9 Reasons Why Hitting Rock Bottom Will Make You Stronger | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Maybe your business has failed or your venture gone off track. 


Maybe you were supposed to be the next Steve Jobs, but it's all gone bad. For whatever reason, you find yourself in a place you never imagined--rock bottom. But failure is not fatal and rock bottom is not forever, unless you make it so. There are very important lessons to learn when you've hit rock bottom. Here are nine of the most important:

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I needed to read this today. I think you do as well.

(From the article):  Rock bottom can become the solid foundation on which you can rebuild your life. Whatever life gives you, even if it hurts a lot, be strong. Remember, strong walls may shake but they never collapse. You were given this life, this pain, this struggle, so work to keep yourself strong enough to make it through.
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9 Psychology Books Every Businessperson Should Read

9 Psychology Books Every Businessperson Should Read | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Learning the secrets of the mind will make you a better professional.
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A great list!

(From the article): Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman "If you want to understand how people think and how and why they react, then this is a must read," writes Weinschenk. Another reason to pick it up? The author is a Nobel Prize winning economist.
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Live The Rave: Working Passionately Most Of The Time 

Live The Rave: Working Passionately Most Of The Time  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Let your passion expand! When passion is there, then work is a blessing. When passion is there, then work is like play. When passion is there, then
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(From the article): You have passion in your working hours, at least sometimes. Discover it, and let it expand. Don’t run away from your passion, find ways that you can develop this part of your life, and you will enjoy more of what you do.
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One Question Every Leader Should Inspire In Those They Lead

One Question Every Leader Should Inspire In Those They Lead | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
A look at the challenges two leaders faced and what it reveals about the power of relationships to bring out best in those we lead.
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(From the article): And therein lies a valuable lesson every leader should take note of – we all want to know that what we do matters; that it makes a difference and has value. By accepting the help of those we lead, we serve to reinforce that need.
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Excellence Is Not a Single Act -- It's a Habit.

Excellence Is Not a Single Act -- It's a Habit. | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Ivan Misner, founder of Business Network International, explains his concept of doing six things a thousand times.
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(From the article): "What I often find is that business people look for these bright, shiny object," he says. "Oh look at this, this is a great idea, let's try this, let's try that... no. You really want to be successful? You have to do things over and over and over again, consistently. "We are what we do, repeatedly. Therefore excellence is not a single act -- it's a habit."
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The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable

The Best Leaders Know These 6 Tricks to Being More Approachable | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Not being approachable could be your biggest leadership blind spot

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roger Francis
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(From the article): If you're struggling with approachability because of persistent shyness or fear of appearing vulnerable, you can still overcome the hurdle breaking the practices down into smaller steps and setting incremental goals for yourself that include practicing with people outside of work--on a plane, in line at the store, or in your neighborhood. For example, a micro-step for number 1 might be making the first move with one person at one event. The easiest way to do this is to scan the room for anyone else who is standing alone. Being approachable doesn't mean changing your core personality, it's simply a way to ensure that more people have access to you and what you have to offer.

 Becoming more approachable will have numerous benefits in your career. You'll gain access to more information faster and grow your network by being known as someone who is interesting and engaging. Awareness of the importance of being approachable is a starting point. Then, these six tips can help you build that awareness and the skills you need to sustain and invite future conversations around the office.
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5 Habits That Improve Your Leadership

5 Habits That Improve Your Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

As a leader, it’s you that has the biggest impact on the engagement of your team, and your No. 1 goal should be to look to increase this, as it will have a significant impact on the bottom line of your company.

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Leaders have the biggest impact on the morale of their employees. By following these five simple tips daily, you can make that a positive impact and boost their engagement.
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4 Ways To Slow Down For Peak Personal Impact

4 Ways To Slow Down For Peak Personal Impact | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo. You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat with her. Tina just switched from a demanding full-time corporate
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A helpful reminder!

(From the article): Surrender to summer slow-down time, not just in the outdoor mid-July heat. As you slow down, you will more vibrantly experience each aspect of your day. You will fritter away less time. You will be more mindful of each moment. It’s the slow-down paradox. We actually get more done.
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Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment

Employee Engagement Is A Leadership Commitment | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is center stage in HR and The World of Work right now because it is vital to successful business. Here’s how to chart a path for engagement.
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(From the article): How: Engagement isn’t magic, it’s craft. Engagement is built by creating trust, which engenders loyalty. It requires open communication, clearly-articulated goals and unambiguous expectations. It demands shared values and well-understood reward systems. Engagement is a journey, not a destination. It’s work. You have to get up every day determined to be more engaged, a better leader.
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Does Pride Affects Leadership?

Does Pride Affects Leadership? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Does pride affect how you lead? As a leader, what do you do to cause pride and what can you do to battle the pride hiding within your team?
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(From the article): Humility is the result of having an accurate assessment of oneself. A humble person can be very good and know it. A humble person’s judgment is accurate, objective, and unbiased. Humility doesn’t demand someone underestimate their ability or importance. Humility is the state where an individual accurately understands where they fit in the organization, team or the community.
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Leaders Should Take a Helicopter Ride Once in a While

Leaders Should Take a Helicopter Ride Once in a While | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Several years ago I was in a season of my leadership journey where I was consumed with addressing and solving day-to-day operational issues. Each day seemed to bring another problem to solve, a challenge to work through, or a fire to fight. The days became weeks and the weeks became months. My stress level kept rising, I kept working harder, and yet it seemed like I was running in place. After telling my sob story to my manager she made a simple, yet profound observation that stopped me in my tracks. She said, “It sounds like you’re spending all of your time working in the business and not on the business.”


Via Roger Francis, Aki Puustinen
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(From the article): As leaders we are often motivated to always be on the go…get things done…make stuff happen. There’s a time and place for all that activity, but there is also a time and place for rising above the day-to-day and taking a helicopter ride to look at your business, and your leadership practices, in a new and fresh way.
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Leaders in title only are costly

Leaders in title only are costly | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Shadow Leaders are leaders in name only. They may have an impressive sounding title or hold a lofty position on an organizational chart but they exhibit few if any leadership characteristics. They keep their head down, usually do solid work, and are relatively good followers but they stay in the shadows to hide from risk…
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Many so-called leaders have a title but won't take risk, Steve Keating writes. They are expensive in two ways: costing more today than someone without the title would and costing more tomorrow because they don't develop anyone, he writes.
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Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself

Nobody’s Perfect – So Get Over Yourself | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Sorry if I'm the one to burst your bubble but, nobody is perfect. Not even you. You don't need to handicap yourself by carrying around that kind of burden. Aim for the bull's-eye? Absolutely. Strive for perfection? Yes - always - but understand that some times you can't attain the unattainable. 

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Worth Remembering … Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence – Vince Lombardi
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To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Senior leaders need to talk to each other.
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(From the article): A leadership circle is a unique engagement of members of the corporate family. It is a thinking-intensive forum created to expand horizons and raise new possibilities. One business unit director for the media company commented to me that, after the first few meetings of the leadership circle, discussions were happening that had been previously missing from all past strategic dialogues. “We simply had never had a forum for having such discussion among peers from across the organization,” he shared with me one day, “and once we got started, the benefits became evident to all of us.” With a universal need for companies to find new ways to either take existing corporate capabilities and move them in new directions or to start developing the capabilities required to keep the company moving forward, forming circles may be the best way to start solving that need.
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Optimism: The Secret Of Great Leadership 

Optimism: The Secret Of Great Leadership  | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for powerful fuel for your leadership, look at optimism. Winston Churchill used to say “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Maybe that’s why optimistic leaders are usually more successful than pessimists.


Via Anne Leong, Ricard Lloria
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(From the article): Remember that happier equals healthier. There is evidence that the immune systems of optimistic people are stronger than those of pessimists. Stay positive and you may be able to enjoy better health.
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10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills

10 Ways For New Leaders To Develop Their Leadership Skills | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Being a leader doesn't mean you know everything there is to know about leadership. In fact, the best leaders are the ones who pursue their own education. Leadership, after all, is not about being an expert in your industry -- it's about being an expert in people management. Making time to [...]
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(From the article): Observe Others, Read, Get Coaching Leadership is a skill that can be learned despite many believing that we are born with leadership abilities or not. We typically learn leadership in one of two ways, we work for a bad leader and say, “I’ll never do it that way,” or we work for a good leader and say, “I’ll do it like that.” Over time, we develop our style, but it can be improved and accelerated by books and personal coaching. – Chris Robinson, R3 Coaching
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You Don't Need a Title to Be a Great Leader

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Great Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you can influence and have an impact on others, you're a leader.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D., Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): No matter what title you have, no matter where you work, or who you work with-if you're influencing others and making change happen, you're a leader.
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How Great Leaders Value People

How Great Leaders Value People | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Great leaders truly value their people, and demonstrate that sentiment. This post details three ways leaders show they value their people.

Via Kevin Watson
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(From the article): Great leaders show an interest in their people’s jobs and career aspirations. They look into the future to create learning and development opportunities. They find out what motivates their best people by getting to know what desires will drive each tribe member. This is about emotional engagement.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, June 10, 8:35 PM
Article ends with a great question "In what meaningful and sustainable ways do you value your people at work?" People feeling valued precedes them living values, and delivering value.